Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
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... thing I have not yet done in London is "shop" at Harrods. After browsing for about an hour I realized that the only memento I could afford to buy here was either chocolate or lipstick. I was impressed with the expertise of the sales women at the make-up counter. She helped me pick the perfect MAC color (I wanted to be able to replicate the purchase in the states). ...
... positively memorable. I would have to say that our only complaint was the rate at which money seemingly flew out of our pockets. The city has a worldwide reputation for being one of the most expensive for travelers that we can all now confidently agree with. Looking at numerical value alone, the prices seem right on par with those in America. It's when you realize that the symbol in front of those values is for the British Pound rather than the American Dollar that ...
... so many costumes and sets. Then we got butter beer and saw some of the ways they made all of the different creatures and monsters. Then we went to diagonal alley and saw all the shops. If you're a big Harry Potter fan this is the place to go. We had spent three hours at the museum. By the time we got home it was 11 O'clock and we went straight to bed. ...
... at 120 pounds, oh my, too much for me! Stopping for elevenses at a cafe, we sat next to a lady who was wearing a furry Chanel coat, carrying a Fendi bag and had a diamond so large it was like a second sun. Yep. It's a posh spot.
We returned to the hotel for a rest before going out with a friend of Andrew's, back to a bar at the shopping centre where we had been in the morning. More pints, more pies and a great night relaxing in the couches.
... talked it over for about ten seconds and decided that it was too much of a bother and it was too cold, so we turned around and headed back into central London to Piccadilly Circus. There was a street vendor a little ways down Piccadilly where Teddy wanted to get some more items, I wanted to visit Fortnum and Mason again, and the famous bookstore Hatchard's next door (it, like Fortnum and Mason, is licensed by the Royal family). Well, the street vendors ...
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Absolutely the worst !!!
Absolutely the worst hotel I ever visited in London !!!
a) Olb building
b) Gave me a room with 2 separate beds (never asked if I preffered a double bed instead)
c) Gave me a non smoking room (they didn't ask me either) so I had to smoke in the toilet!!!!
d) Want to enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink with your cigarette ? You are out of luck !!! The was no place in the Hotel for smokers at all. I you are a smoker you are totally banned !!! After breakfast I had to go out in the cold to smoke. Moreover, one day as I walked down the hall towards to cold street despered for a smoke holding an extincted cigarette in my hand, the concierge guy looked me like I was a criminal and reminded me the non smoking policy of the Hotel
e) They charged extra for an English breakfast (in England !!!!)
f) For 2 days there was no heating at all !!! One morning I had to take a shower with cold water !!!
g) The day of my arrival I ordered a plain sandwitch in my room and I waited 30'
h) I payed 190 euros per night for all this "facilities"
The only plus is that it is located near Holborn Underground station
Peeling paint in the bathroom
We stayed there last spring. It was a great location for our needs. We had a triple and the room was large for London and pretty quiet, given the locale. The overall look and condition of the public rooms was good. But the room upkeep was pretty bad. The windows were dirty and depressing to look through during the day. There were cracks in the ceiling. The central heating didn't work and we had to use an ancient and dangerous looking space heater one night. The worst thing was the bathroom. The paint job was old and dingy throughout, but within the tub enclosure the paint was peeling, ugly tendrils hanging down. Creeped me out. How can anyone who cares about quality not notice this and fix it up? It could be made infinitely better with a quick scrape and touch up, but no one bothered.
Also, during our stay one of the two elevators was always broken. Off and on for one full day both of them were out of service, leaving us to walk or wait endlessly.
Believe me, I'm not looking for the Taj Mahal. Even if the place is a little shopworn, I can live with it. But peeling paint falling on your head while you are showering -- that's not something you forget. I wouldn't go back.
I found Thistle Bloomsbury to be lovely. We spent four days there in January. The heated towels, the down comforters, and the delicious breakfasts make it a wonderful stay. Also the location is wonderful. We were right in front of the British Museum, near the Tube, and there were many shops near by to browse through. I will choose to stay there again if I ever get back to London.
Better than expected - and so close to everything
Got a good deal on Thistle Bloomsbury thorugh their own website for a single executive. Thsi was the most psacious single room I have had in London. Very traditional high street room interior with alle amenities. Otherwise the hotel is charming in a British way. And best of all it is so close to everything. A five minute walk and you are in the midst of everything nightlife, and you don't have to think of getting a cab home (and they can be difficult to fid on a weekend night). My rate did not include breakfast, but that I found at the cafe just around the corner.
By the way, British Museum also just around the corner, and several decent pubs nearby.
Nice old building, but..
We stayed here a Friday and Saturday in December 2003. We got a nice room with a four poster bed. Large and comfortable. On the negative side the view from the window was a brick wall (but no street noise, though). There was no airconditioning (not needed in December), there was no smoke detector in the room (bring your own combined smoke and intruder alarm). Bathroom had silicon and tile cracks. Details in a nice room that will be very costly from water damage in the near future. It is amasing that the hotel owners don't have maintainage people that are proactive and fixes all these things. On the second day we called the reception asking for soap (the old one was removed by the cleaner). 4 hours later we were offered the soap! The bar had problems with the beer tap and the coffee machine. All in all a hotel with some very nice rooms, but also a block of standard rooms. The system of maintaining the various services in the hotel is not very well organized. Would choose another Thistle Hotel next time.
Dirty and Shabby
I booked an executive room at this hotel, from Thistle online. The hotel certainly did not live up to the descriptions on the Thistle website.I had to change rooms, after one room had no working heating.
It took over an hour to change rooms and the staff were very slow. The next room was no better. The bathrooms were a disgrace for a 4 star hotel. The bathroom had rust and mould on the walls, the bedcovers were threadbare at the corners and the windows were old and not double glazed. The next morning the desk staff were very obnoxious when I complained about the room, and didn't even oblige to apologise.A waste of money.
This hotel is located right in front of the British Museum. It is not expensive (went directly through the Thistle website) and is very close to busy tube stops. It provides great close location to Covenat Garden and Charing Cross and Soho. Also walkable to the university area, which is different. Clean, and appointed in a nice manner.
Small But Clean
I found the Bloomsbury to be very convienant location. The room was very small with low lighting. TV reception poor. Bedding and bath very clean, but a bit run down. The towels very plush, and staff friendly and helpful. If I went back to Bloomsbury area I would try to pay a bit more prehaps for the Thistle Bloomsbury, which is a 4-star hotel.
While the service is good (the concierge is very friendly), the cleaning leaves much to be desired. The shower tiles were gross with mildew. Over a third of them were black with it. It was disgusting . The lady at the front desk was unconcerned and unhelpful. The management, when finally called, had a maid do something, but guess what, she did a half-a** job. 90% of the black mildew was gone, but she hadn't cleaned it all. No manager ever followed up with us to see if the problem had been taken care of. I would never stay in any Thistle hotel again. Horrible, horrible!
Clean and convenient.
We visited London for three days. We ended up staying at the Thistle Bloomsbury as it was nearest to the Dominion theatre where we had booked to see "We will rock you". The hotel room was of average size and had a walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom, all very clean. There was a TV, a safe, a hairdryer and iron with ironing board. With complementry tea and coffee. The breakfast was included and was a help'ur'self buffett so there was lots of food! This hotel is close to two tube stations which made it very convenient to get about. All in all there was nothing to complain about and yet nothing really to rave about!!